With Pranab Mukherjee's term as President ending on July 24, the nomination process to elect the 15th President of India began on Wednesday.
"No finalisation of name is possible", he said adding the sub group of the opposition parties will meet in the next few days and discuss in detail by when the government would have also discussed with the opposition parties its choice.
Recently, Congress president Sonia Gandhi met various leaders from opposition parties to give a tough fight to the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government's candidate for the post of President.
A panel of 10 Opposition leaders assigned to pick a candidate held its first meeting on Wednesday but made a decision to wait until the government's propositions before zeroing in on a name. The BJP can pay it back by getting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat elected President. A meeting between her and home minister Rajnath Singh and urban development and information and broadcasting minister M. Venkaiah Naidu (two of the members of the committee; finance minister Arun Jaitley is the third) is scheduled for Friday.
This will be followed by a meeting with CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury later in the day. The election will be held on July 17 and counting will take place on July 20.
The Congress on Thursday said it would prefer a consensus presidential candidate and it would be good if the government understood this.
The sources said Naidu had already spoken with Praful Patel (NCP) and Satish Chandra Misra (BSP) on this issue. News18 however claimed that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is nearly certain to be the NDA's candidate for the post of president.
Earlier, the Joint Chief Electoral Officer also visited Assembly Secretariat and discussed the issue with regard to the Presidential election with the Secretary, J&K Legislative Assembly, and M R Singh.
Presidential Election On Wednesday Election Commission of India Released Presidential Election Notification The nomination process will Ends on June 28.
BJP sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to complete the process of filing of nomination by the National Democratic Alliance candidate before he leaves for the U.S. tour on June 25.